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Featured Events

All events included with admission to Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger.

 

PNC Mobile Learning Adventure

Friday, May 27;

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

PNC will be bringing a Mobile Learning Adventure for kids to Discovery Center Museum on Friday, May 27 from 9 am to 3
pm in the parking lot.

The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. A part of PNC Grow Up Great - a $350 million, multi-year school readiness program to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life - the MLA includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities. All Mobile Learning Adventure activities are free. Discovery Center admission is extra.

So enjoy a visit to Discovery Center, and visit PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure while you are here!

 

Messy Monday - Q-Tip Painting

Monday, May 30; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Messy Monday dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.

 

Mornings of Fun

Saturday, June 4; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge, before the museum opens to the general public. Join us from 9-10:00 am on Saturday, June 4; Saturday, August 6; and Saturday, October 1.

A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day. Advanced registration is required. To receive free admission call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Messy Monday - Golf Ball Painting

Monday, June 6; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow  - Bean Mosaics

Wednesday, June 8; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Using paper, glue and lots of beans, create a mosaic of your very own.

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Sleeping, Snoring, Slumbering and Snoozing

Thursday, June 9; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Messy Monday - Corn Printing

Monday, June 13; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow   - Natural Paint Brushes

Wednesday, June 15; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Use a variety of leaves, grasses, twigs and petals to create a colorful painting to take home. 

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Amazing Animals

Thursday, June 16; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Angry Birds Family Friday

Friday, June 17 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Ready, aim, launch! Cobble together a device you can use to knock things down as we get into the science behind this physics phenomenon! Use art and ingenuity to transform yourself into your favorite angry bird character. Assemble some crazy structures, make a real bird feeder, take in an Angry Bird science demonstration, and more! Sponsored by Meijer.

 

Farm to Table Tour: Claretta Dairy Farm 

Saturday, June 18

Located in Garden Prairie, Claretta Dairy Farm is a 4th generation family farm owned and operated by Brent and Amber Mueller. Tour the farm to learn about a typical day on the farm. 

Tour the entire farm including the milking parlor, cow barns, calf barns, and equipment. Learn what the Mueller family does every day to care for their cows. 

Trip Details: Meet at the Discovery Center main entrance; travel via coach bus to the farm in Garden Prairie, IL. 

Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the tour. 

Tour times: Tour 1 departs at 9 a.m. and will return at approximately 12:15 p.m. 

                    Tour 2 departs at 1 p.m. and will return at approximately 4:15 p.m. 

Price: $5 per person (all children 18 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult). 

Registration: Contact the Farm Bureau at (815) 962-0653 or email wbfbmanager@live.com by June 3rd. 

 

Messy Monday - Textured Landscapes with Bethany Austin

Monday, June 20; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

Tinkering Tuesday - Make Musical Instruments

Tuesday, June 21; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Build your own guitar, canjo or drum using recycled materials from our Make It! shop. Spend these special summer Tuesdays in our Make It shop! Every Tuesday from 1-4:00 pm.  We’ll feature a special project or activity where you can use real tools and real materials to make something great!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow   - Rain Painting

Wednesday, June 22; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Learn about the water cycle and listen to the pitter patter of raindrops as you sprinkle water on your paper to create a liquid masterpiece. 

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Jump to It

Thursday, June 23; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

When I Grow Up

Friday, June 24; 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

What will you be when you grow up? Meet the real men and women who work in our town and enjoy hands-on activities related to their fields. Sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and Meijer.

 

Messy Monday - Bubble Blowing Painting

with Tasha Neisewander

Monday, June 27; 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

Tinkering Tuesday - Fantastic Plastic Fusing

Tuesday, June 28; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Create amazing fabric by fusing plastic from grocery bags, and make really cool things with it! Spend these special summer Tuesdays in our Make It shop! Every Tuesday from 1-4:00 pm.  We’ll feature a special project or activity where you can use real tools and real materials to make something great!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow   - Down in the Dirt

Wednesday, June 29; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Learn about worms and soil.  Plant seeds and take them home to watch them grow. 

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Measure, Mix and Make

Thursday, June 30; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Kaboom! Family Friday

Friday, July 1; 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Science and art are the stars during this red, white and blue day of family fun! Discover the secret ingredients that put the oohs and ahhs in fireworks in our live science demos! Test your rocket design, send a mini-missile soaring, and make a noise-maker. Turn stars and stripes into art; decorate a light-up hat, and paint with fireworks. Dress to get wet: if the weather is nice, we’re rolling up sleeves for a water balloon toss!

 

Messy Monday - Patriotic Pinwheels

Monday, July 4; 11:00 am 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

Tinkering Tuesday - Boat Building

Tuesday, July 5; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Everybody loves boats! Use recycled materials from our Make It! shop to design and build your own boat and try it out in our wading pool. Spend these special summer Tuesdays in our Make It shop! Every Tuesday from 1-4:00 pm.  We’ll feature a special project or activity where you can use real tools and real materials to make something great!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow - Bees

Wednesday, July 6; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Buzz on in to the Secret Garden to learn about bees and make a honeycomb craft to take home. 

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Brrr… Frosty Friends

Thursday, July 7; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Frozen Family Friday

Friday, July 8; 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Cool off in the summer heat! Meet the Snow Sister Princesses, get an autograph, and sing along to familiar tunes! Enjoy a chilling science demo, create sparkling snowflakes, toss snowballs, paint with ice, make a glittering snow globe, build a blue castle, and enjoy a frosty treat!

 

Messy Monday – Leaf Printing with Lisa Greco

Monday, July 11; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

Tinkering Tuesday - Bicycle Workshop

Tuesday, July 12; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how to fix a bicycle! The friendly crew from Kegel’s Bikes will be here to show visitors how to make simple repairs and adjustments, fix flat tires and more! Also make fun things with wheels in our Make It shop! Spend these special summer Tuesdays in our Make It shop! Every Tuesday from 1-4:00 pm.  We’ll feature a special project or activity where you can use real tools and real materials to make something great!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow - Butterflies

Wednesday, July 13; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Fly into the garden to see our butterfly house and play with a zip line butterfly that you create. 

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Crunch, Munch, Yum …

Thursday, July 14; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Pizza Palooza Family Friday

Friday, July 15; 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pizza puzzles and crazy crafts revolve around our favorite food. Knead the dough and time yourself during the pizza delivery challenge. Paint with veggies, monkey with pizza math, and vote for your favorite topping during this delicious day of fun!

 

Discover Woodcarving

Saturday, July 16; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This free event does not include Discovery Center admission.

Join Blackhawk Woodcarvers for this enchanting introduction to the art and craft of carving. On-going workshops for kids and adults provide hands-on practice with soap, wood carving and wood burning for beginners. Watch demonstrators wield knives, tools, and even chain saws as they make their masterpieces.  Craftsmen and women from around the region will display their creations, answer your questions, and vie for your vote for their stunningly beautiful displays in the “People’s Choice” category.

 

Messy Monday – Chalk Art with Rich Hacker

Monday, July 18; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

Tinkering Tuesday - Toy Invention

Tuesday, July 19; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Create, design and build your own toys using paper, straws, and recycled materials plus lots of tape and glue! Spend these special summer Tuesdays in our Make It shop! Every Tuesday from 1-4:00 pm.  We’ll feature a special project or activity where you can use real tools and real materials to make something great!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow   - Terrific Terrariums

Wednesday, July 20; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Turn a water bottle into a self-watering terrarium that sustains an onion plant.

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Balancing Act

Thursday, July 21; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

EIEIO Family Friday

Friday, July 22; 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Climb aboard the combine and explore life on the farm! Touch live animals including goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, and bunnies! Don’t miss the opportunity to play with your food, guess that grain, and become a contestant on the Wheel of Farming game show. Turn your fingerprints into a cow, create a crazy hat, play in the mud, and more!

 

Messy Monday - Wooden Block Printing

Monday, July 25; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

Tinkering Tuesday - Learn to Solder

Tuesday, July 26; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn a valuable skill and have fun doing it!  We’ll show you how to solder, and how you can use your new skill for electronics and art projects! Spend these special summer Tuesdays in our Make It shop! Every Tuesday from 1-4:00 pm.  We’ll feature a special project or activity where you can use real tools and real materials to make something great!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow   - Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, July 27; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Can you find all the hidden surprises in the Secret Garden?  Find all the objects to win a prize. 

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Feathers, Beaks and Feet

Thursday, July 28; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Jim Gill Family Friday

Friday, July 29; concerts at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm

Kids, parents, and friends will be singing, dancing and sneezing during two lively performances. Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, is releasing a new CD for children and families. It’s called Vote for Jim Gill! Jim will be visiting the Discovery Center Museum to celebrate! The concerts will be part of the kickoff for Jim’s Nationwide Campaign for Play and will feature original clap-along, sing-along silly musical games from his new recording as well as active favorites such as Spin Again and Jim’s Silly Dance Contest. After you enjoy this delightful musical experience, create and use sound makers you can take home.

 

Happy Birthday, Harry

Sunday, July 31; 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Members $4 / Public $12

Birthday cake, pumpkin juice, and chocolate frogs are only the beginning of this birthday celebration for our favorite wizard! Greet your teachers as you drop into herbology, practice potions, or get a glimpse of the night sky in astronomy class. Don a cloak of invisibility, practice in the quidditch pitch, and fool your friends from the Joke Shop! Find your patronus before venturing into the outdoor park where giant spiders, dementors, and bogarts may be lurking! Hogwarts attire is recommended; Muggles are welcome.

 

Messy Monday - Super Spin Art

Monday, August 1; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

Tinkering Tuesday - Recycle!

Tuesday, August 2; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What can you make with recycled materials? We’ll supply the materials, tools and some cool suggestions. You bring your creativity and imagination and make something amazing to take home! Spend these special summer Tuesdays in our Make It shop! Every Tuesday from 1-4:00 pm.  We’ll feature a special project or activity where you can use real tools and real materials to make something great!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow  - Flower Power

Wednesday, August 3; 10:30 am - Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Use a rolling pin, paper, flowers and your imagination to create a floral print.

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Creepy and Crawly

Thursday, August 4; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Finding Cory Family Friday

Friday, August 5; 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pull on your scuba mask and swim through the exhibits to find our fishy friends. Create underwater art, select a shell, fashion a jellyfish, and more! Dress to get wet as you paint a turtle, toss a fish, make a splash, and experiment with water on this oceanic adventure day!

 

Mornings of Fun

Saturday, August 6; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge, before the museum opens to the general public. Join us from 9-10:00 am on Saturday, August 6; and Saturday, October 1.

A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day. Advanced registration is required. To receive free admission call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Messy Monday - Cartooning with Bruce Quast

Monday, August 8; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission. This summer, Messy Mondays will take place in Woodward Hall instead of the Art Studio so we can accommodate more children and have BIGGER projects!

 

How Does Your Garden Grow   - Smells

Wednesday, August 10; 10:30 am – Noon

Head out to the Secret Garden each Wednesday from 10:30-Noon for a different hands-on gardening activity each week. Only your nose knows!  Use it to identify a variety of plants that grow in a garden.

 

Secret Garden Story Time - Dinosaurs Roar

Thursday, August 11; 11:30 am - Noon

Join us in the outdoor Secret Garden each Thursday from 11:30-Noon for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft each week based on the weekly theme.

 

Kids ID and safety seat event

Saturday, September 3; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting a Kids’ Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event on Saturday, September 3 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Discovery Center parking lot. Have experts check your car seats to make sure they are installed properly. You can also have photo identification cards made of your children age 3 and older for free.

 

Mornings of Fun

Saturday, October 1; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge, before the museum opens to the general public. Join us from 9-10:00 am on Saturday, October 1.

A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public that day. Advanced registration is required. To receive free admission call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Discover the Spirits - Just for the grown-ups!

Friday, October 21, 2016

SAVE THE DATE:

We are thrilled to announce the 3rd annual Discover the Spirits: Sip, Sample Support, which will take place on Friday, October 21, 2016, at Discovery Center Museum. We are proud to partner with Artale Wine Company to bring this one-of-a-kind fundraising event back to Rockford! The event, catered to guests age 21 and older, offers a variety of spirits, craft beers and wine from around the world, as well as appetizers from local restaurants and plenty of live music and other unique entertainment! Proceeds from the event support Discovery Center exhibits, programs, and outreach efforts.

 

 

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